Effective and efficient training is at the core of Advanced Riders North Yorkshire. Although the tutors are all volunteers, they are all current Gold pass holders and have completed a rigorous programme of tutor training on ongoing skills assessments. Click here to find out more about them.
One of our new riders is writing about his experiences of joining the group and training so have a read to keep up with his progress.
ARNY is more than just training. It's a group of like minded motorcyclists who want to improve their riding and their enjoyment of their bike. Here are 6 things we think you should know:
We are affiliated
The RoSPA advanced test is regarded as the most comprehensive and challenging available to the public. It is monitored and approved by the Driving Standards Agency.
The test lasts around 90 minutes, and is taken with a RoSPA Examiner, all of whom are serving or retired Police Officers.
The RoSPA Advanced Riding Test is unique as it is graded Bronze, Silver or Gold. A RoSPA Gold is the highest civilian riding standard available and the holder will be a master of his or her art.
We are also a social club
Apart from training, we have regular social rides to interesting locations such as Motorcycle races, tracing the Tour de Yorkshire route, weekend rides to Scotland/Wales or just fish and chip runs to the coast. We also have social get togethers in pubs and restaurants throughout the county.
Once a member has passed their test, they have the opportunity to ride with other advanced riders on a Saturday to maintain their skills. The Post Test rides start and may choose to finish with the current trainees to maintain the camaraderie of the club and to meet new members as they go through their own training journey.
It's cheaper than you think
Joining ARNY only costs £35 and training is free, although we do ask for a contribution of £10 per session towards the tutor's fuel. If you join ARNY having passed your motorcycle test within the last 12 months, the joining fee is half price. Once you're ready for your test, the fee is currently £73 with a £5 discount for those under 26 years old.
If you have a current RoSPA test pass, joining ARNY only costs £25.
Our training is flexible
We all try to meet on a Saturday morning for training so we can all get together and enjoy the "banter". But many tutors and members work shifts so they arrange training or social rides during the week instead of, or as well as, the training on a Saturday.
Advanced Riding is scientific
Every advanced technique is based on millions of hours of experience over tens of years by hundreds of thousands of riders. During training, this experience will be shared with you by your tutors who have added their own experiences to the knowledge they gained achieving a RoSPA Gold standard themselves. To get a taste of the techniques you'll learn, take a look at this video.
Advanced riding is rewarding
Depending on your level of skill and experience, there can be a lot to learn to pass the test. But the process of learning is engaging and interesting and the satisfaction of seeing your riding get smoother, faster and safer is extremely rewarding. You will also find new roads to ride, new places to visit, share experiences of different bikes and hopefully make some new friends along the way. One of our new members is sharing his experience of his journey through training so have a read and see how he's progressing.